From time to time I work with individuals looking for help thinking strategically. We meet in person or via voice or video feed. Sometimes the conversation is project-centered. More often the theme is: What next?
Part of my role is to clear a space for unhurried reflection. But I’m also there to help my interlocutor bring structure to their thoughts.
So much of writing — and thinking — consists in taking a complex network of mutually entailed inferences and putting it in a form that can be communicated serially. It’s a bit like sharing a tree with a friend who lives far away. Somehow, without doing violence to the tree, you must break it into parts and send them to your friend with instructions for reassembly. Language, in its seriality, cannot do justice to our inner states. But with patience we can come close.